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John Colborn

John Colborn is Vice President of Operations for the Ford Foundation and is responsible for overseeing grants administration, information technology, New York headquarters operations, and overseas operations. He joined the Foundation in 1998 as a grantmaker in the workforce development field.
Disruptive Technology, Data, and the Future of Philanthropy

Disruptive Technology, Data, and the Future of Philanthropy

For most grants managers, new technologies have been a constant across their working lives—so much so that managing disruptive technologies has become part of the routine background noise of their work. We have seen grantmaking processes transformed by innovative software and technology platforms: communication with grantees and foundation staff are fundamentally altered and analytical approaches are applied to our work in new ways. These changes suggest a future for philanthropy that is smarter, faster, and more effective than ever before, with grants managers serving as critical catalysts. We tend to think of disruptive technology as being, well, disruptive. But such